It’s easy to think about the future and dream big dreams, but when it comes to right now be so confused about how to make a difference. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of every day and then suddenly it is the future and it isn’t what we thought it would be.
One of the hardest parts of accepting God’s calling on my life was the fear that it would just turn into another big dream that wouldn’t be realized. I moved forward with half-hearted conviction because I didn’t want to be hurt when it didn’t happen. I have always been called a dreamer and said to have my head up in the clouds, and maybe that is true. I believe that God created me that way. However, I don’t want to be the kind of dreamer that people were referring to when they called me one to begin with. Maybe the better word is visionary. God has put so many things on my heart, and today He asked me, “Why are you waiting?”
Many excuses have tried to rise to the surface, but there is no really good one. I realize that God’s dreams and plans for me are not only in the future; that they have to start somewhere and sometime…and why not now? Why can’t I start following the dreams that God placed on my heart today? Why can’t I look at the big picture and start meeting needs and inspiring others today? Why must I always be waiting for someday? I think if we are really honest with ourselves, there is no such thing as someday. All we have is today. Our situation is never going to be naturally conducive to changing the world. That is something that without a doubt God wants to do through us and we have to decide to chase after that with Him. It will always be an upstream swim; an uphill battle. That’s why it hasn’t been done that often before. If it were natural and easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?
God showed me today that it needs to involve a change of mindset. Right now. I need to capture the vision. I need to see the details in my imagination. I need to feel the highs and lows. I need to imagine arriving at the next step before I can begin walking toward it. Otherwise, it is like shooting an arrow without knowing where the target is. Sometimes we use the idea of faith as an excuse to not use our intelligence or skills to the degree that we should. “If it’s God’s will, then it will happen.” In my understanding of the way it works, we search for God’s will and then we obey using everything that God has given us. It is a very active process. It is not a passive waiting for everything to simply “happen”. We have an incredibly important part in it.
Did you know that you are powerful? Did you know that as a child of God that has been transformed by His grace, you have full authority and permission to walk forth into the world and boldly shine your light? There is no time for false humility that says, “I am nothing, but God is everything.” The truth is, because of God, you are everything you need to be and have everything you need in order to go forth. He has called you. He is sending you. GO! Stop waiting around dreaming about someday when God will use you greatly. God can use you greatly today. Seek the vision from God, and He will give it to you. You’ve got to shine your light.
I simply can’t get over this passage from Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
God spoke plainly to me today that if I continue in the mindset that I had before, doubting my worth or my value to the Kingdom and dragging my feet doing a half-hearted and rushed job on every project that He gives me, I will be the salt that has lost its flavor; utterly hopeless and thrown out to be trampled underfoot. I will be the lamp under the basket, in a house full of darkness with people searching frantically for the light. I must be bold. However, before I can change the world, I need to have the mindset of a world-changer.
A world-changer sees every challenge as an opportunity to totally transform the project into the best it can be. A world-changer loves the most impossible ideas, because he or she knows that “impossible” gives space for miracles. A world-changer longs to sacrifice himself for something of eternal value. A world-changer won’t accept anything except the best work possible. A world-changer stands out.
I was talking to a friend a couple days ago about how my entire purpose in life has changed. I used to be most concerned that I would bother someone. I would live my life apologizing for everything, even when I didn’t do anything because I didn’t ever want to cause harm or disrupt anything. However, I read a quote from Dr. Seuss the other day: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” That was probably the most profound quote I have heard in a long time.
We were born to be world-changers. God created us that way. If we live out the full purpose of our lives, we are going to bother a lot of people. We are going to take a lot of bullets, because the vast majority of the population of this world doesn’t understand that we were born to pierce the darkness. We live our lives so often as victims. “Poor me, I can’t do this because I have been through this or that,” or “I can’t do this because I have this special challenge. People just don’t understand how hard it is for me.” Is that the attitude of a world-changer? I don’t care how much everyone else thinks that you are stepping out and really doing something; if you have a mindset like that, you will never accomplish all that God has for you. FACT. PERIOD.
When I am tempted to be afraid or back down, I have begun to ask myself, “Is that how a world-changer would respond to this situation?” If I am tempted to procrastinate due to a daunting task, I ask myself, “Is that how a world-changer would react to this challenge?” A world-changer faces everything head-on, confident in God and in His ability to work through him. A world-changer knows that there is no such thing as impossible while walking hand in hand with Jesus Christ. Let the sleeping lion inside of you awaken. Here comes the dawn. Here comes a new day and a new story. You decide how you want the story of your life to be written. Will you step out into God’s will and live it out to the fullest potential? Will you allow God to change your mindset? As His followers, we must have the mind of Christ. Christ was completely dedicated to the Kingdom at all costs. Are you?